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Molly Potter - Author

About the Author

Molly Potter taught for 11 years in middle schools as a class teacher, science and PSHE coordinator. She then worked for several years as an SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) development manager, delivering teacher training and supporting primary schools in the development of their SRE programme and policy and many other aspects of PSHE. Molly now works as a teacher in a short-stay school with children that have been or are at risk of being excluded from mainstream schools - putting much of her PSHE expertise into practice. Sarah Jennings has been illustrating children's books since graduating in 2013. At a young age she discovered a love of drawing and has been scribbling and sketching ever since. Sarah enjoys combining traditional and digital techniques to create her illustrations and particularly loves designing characters. She currently lives in London and works from her home studio in the company of her very cheeky three-legged cat.

Featured books by Molly Potter

What's Going On Inside My Head?

What's Going On Inside My Head?

Author: Molly Potter Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/02/2019

Part of a successful series of books written by the author, who is an experienced specialist in PSHE and SRE education, this provides a child friendly introduction to mental and emotional health and will prove its value within both home and school contexts. The publisher describes the series as ‘helping grown-ups have difficult conversations with little people’ and this is exactly what this book does. The lively and amusing illustrations help to engage the reader and the scenarios provide prompts for discussion and the explanations are perfectly pitched and yet in enough depth to provide many a useful reminder to adults. The opening page even explains the difference between your brain and your mind which is quite a difficult philosophical concept to master! Covering positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships and mindfulness with strategies for developing the right sort of mental habits and approaches at an early age can only be a positive help for children. Just giving them the right vocabulary to be able to talk about their feelings is incredibly useful. There is a fascinating section explaining the dangers of rumination – a word I had not considered in this context before- but undue dwelling upon an issue has now been identified as a cause of, for example, OCD or eating disorders. The advice and guidance section for parents and carers at the end of the book is particularly well considered and helpful. With the current situation undoubtedly causing children and families additional anxiety this could not be more useful and relevant. Highly recommended for home and school. You can find more books on this theme in Anxiety & Wellbeing - Helping Young Ones Cope

Other books by Molly Potter

The Same but Different

The Same but Different

Author: Molly Potter Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/10/2021

From the bestselling author of How Are You Feeling Today? comes a picture book to encourage children to celebrate uniqueness and diversity and help them to challenge stereotypes. The Same but Different explores the ways in which we're all unique as well as the similarities we share. Using everyday examples, clear explanations and colourful illustrations by Sarah Jennings, this book prompts children to broaden their perspectives and rejoice in their differences. After all, imagine how boring the world would be if everyone was exactly the same! Exploring all the ways we're different, including how we look, where we live, the languages we speak, what our families are like and what we believe in, The Same but Different is the perfect book for starting important conversations with children about diversity and inclusion. Early Years and PSHE expert Molly Potter also provides a glossary of terms and notes for parents and carers offering advice on tackling prejudice right from the start.

It's OK to Cry

It's OK to Cry

Author: Molly Potter Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/06/2020

From the best-selling author of How Are You Feeling Today? comes a picture book that sensitively deals with developing emotional intelligence in young children. Young children can find it really frustrating when they are unable to explain what they are feeling and express their emotions. Cue: this book! Written with boys in mind because they are often encouraged to suppress their feelings, Molly Potter covers a whole range of emotions from those that are uncomfortable to happy feelings where you care about yourself and other people. Perfect for starting those all-important conversations, It's OK to Cry includes colourful illustrations, child-friendly strategies and vocabulary for managing feelings, and helpful notes for parents, carers and practitioners.

Sex and Relationships Education 7-9

Sex and Relationships Education 7-9

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Sex and relationship education (SRE) is an extremely valuable part of the curriculum but there still remains a degree of uncertainty about what, how and when to cover different topics. This no-nonsense guide provides comprehensive advice and support for any primary school looking to develop an effective SRE programme and policy and to feel confident delivering it. In line with the updated Rose Review, which emphasizes the importance of learning about physical development, health and wellbeing, this book provides: - Clear and up-to-date guidance on what is deemed good practice and what is statutory - A simple to use, 'cut and paste' framework for SRE policy development - INSET activities that can be used with staff, governors and/or parents - Lesson plans and photocopiable activity sheets - A variety of useful documents such as information sheets for parents/carers to help them understand the benefits of effective SRE, consultation forms, an example of a pre-programme letter for parents/carers Topics covered include: the physical and emotional changes that take place in the human body as puberty is reached, human reproduction, developing a good self-image, dealing with negative pressures and challenging sexual stereotypes.

How Are You Feeling Today? Activity and Sticker Book

How Are You Feeling Today? Activity and Sticker Book

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2019

This delightful activity book, based on Molly Potter's bestselling title How Are You Feeling Today?, is filled with lively illustrations and engaging activities about dealing with a whole range of emotions, from excitement and happiness to shyness and jealousy. We all have feelings; sometimes they feel comfortable and sometimes they feel uncomfortable. Can you sort them out and work out which emotion is which? And can you fill in a dot-to-dot boredom buster and draw a fluffy, smiling, happy monster? Use this book to explore how you are feeling and complete the activities with the colourful stickers! With useful tips for parents and carers about delivering emotional literacy at the front of the book, this activity and sticker book will help children get to grips with their emotions on a daily basis.

Let's Talk About When Someone Dies

Let's Talk About When Someone Dies

Author: Molly Potter Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

From Molly Potter, best-selling author of How Are You Feeling Today? and What's Worrying You?, comes a picture book for starting conversations with children about death, bereavement and what happens next. When someone dies, we can feel a whole host of different emotions and explaining them to a child isn't so easy. This book uses clear, easy-to-understand language to answer complex questions about death and how a child might feel when someone dies. It covers all manner of tricky subjects with sensitivity and honesty, from what death is to why people die. Each double page spread takes a child through how they might feel, what they might think and how they might behave. With engaging illustrations, gentle guidance and simple advice for parents and carers, Let's Talk About When Someone Dies fulfils an important but difficult need for starting conversations with children about death and bereavement, in an accessible and supportive way.

Sex and Relationships Education 9-11

Sex and Relationships Education 9-11

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/09/2018

Sex and Relationships Education 9-11 contains photocopiable lesson plans and activities as well as support materials for teachers. The support materials provide guidance on developing a school SRE policy as well as suggesting ways of supporting and involving parents. The book includes: photocopiable lesson plans and activities; training activities (for staff, governors and parents/carers); pre-programme letters and consultation forms for parents/carers and pupils; a guide to good practice; easy-to-use SRE Policy guidance and background information.

What's Worrying You?

What's Worrying You?

Author: Molly Potter Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/02/2018

New from Molly Potter, the best-selling author of How Are You Feeling Today? We all have worries now and then, but sometimes worries can feel like they're getting bigger and bigger, like you can't control them any more. What do you do then? What's Worrying You? is a book all about helping children understand their worries, and what to do when they feel overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings. Each page takes the child step-by-step through different worry scenarios, such as falling out with a friend, getting in trouble at school, or feeling like no one is listening. It talks about how they might feel, what they might think, and what could help them to ease the anxiety. With fun and lively illustrations from Sarah Jennings, gentle guidance on developing emotional literacy, and simple advice for tackling problems they might face, What's worrying you? is the perfect book for helping children deal with those trickier feelings and gain confidence in the world around them.

Let's Talk About the Birds and the Bees

Let's Talk About the Birds and the Bees

Author: Molly Potter Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/10/2017

From the author of How Are You Feeling Today? and Will You Be My Friend? comes a brand new picture book all about the birds and the bees (sex education). It's natural for young children to have questions about their bodies and where they came from, but it can seem a daunting task to answer honestly so that they understand the subtleties of puberty, sex, reproduction and relationships, and are comfortable with their bodies. This books uses clear, easy to understand language to answer complex questions about sex and relationships, and covers all manner of tricky subjects from puberty to consent with delicate accuracy and honesty. Filled with bright, fun illustrations and helpful advice for parents and carers, Let's Talk About the Birds and the Bees is the perfect book for explaining the facts of life to small children.

Will you be my Friend?

Will you be my Friend?

Author: Molly Potter Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/02/2017

What makes us a good friend? And what might make us a not-so-good friend? What can friends do together? And how do we make friends? Best-selling author Molly Potter presents practical advice on helping children understand how to be a true friend and what helps and what hinders friendships. Will You Be My Friend? is ideal for starting conversations about making friends and includes a guide for parents and carers about supporting a child if they are having friendship difficulties. With fun and lively illustrations from Sarah Jennings, this book is both humorous and charming, and prompts children to discuss the idea of friendship with parents and peers.

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Tutor Time

100 Ideas for Secondary Teachers: Tutor Time

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/06/2016

Essential for busy secondary form tutors, this book will inspire form time ideas that are constructive, exciting, yet take little preparation! Activities include community builders, PSHE related topics, creative thinking activities and a variety of active learning techniques to engage your students in discussions. While this book mostly focuses upon interesting, worthwhile and fun activities to do with a registration group it also includes some tips and advice on how to fulfill pastoral care responsibilities of pupils in a form group.

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Transition to Secondary School

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Transition to Secondary School

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/02/2015

100 IDEAS: QUICK - EASY - INSPIRED - OUTSTANDING The move from primary to secondary school can be an anxious and scary time for a lot of children and is often the cause of poor or little academic progress for some time after the transition. Develop your understanding of the worries children will face and support your class through this difficult time using this comprehensive collection of quick-to-implement activities and teaching strategies. Molly Potter, an experienced primary teacher, suggests the type of information that can be gathered from secondary schools to help familiarise pupils with the next stage of their education, as well as activities that will help address their main anxieties, such as fear of bullying and getting lost. The ideas will help children to feel more positive about the move, and there is also advice on how to support parents and carers through the transition process. If you are a Year 6 teacher or if you are responsible for secondary transfer your school, this book is for you. The activities and ideas can be used to create an extremely effective transition package for your pupils that will thoroughly prepare them for their move to secondary school. Includes: Teaching tips, taking it further ideas, bonus ideas, quotes from teachers and pupils, tips for involving parents and carers.

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Behaviour Management

100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Behaviour Management

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

100 IDEAS: Quick - Easy - Inspired - Outstanding Managing behaviour in the primary classroom can be a challenge, but in this brand new book, Molly Potter offers 100 practical ideas and strategies for managing the range of difficult behaviours that you might face as a primary teacher. Whether you are new to the profession or an experienced teacher, there will be ideas in this book for you, including strategies for solving individual pupil behaviour problems as well as whole- class approaches. The ideas are creative, tried-and-tested and easy to implement. The book includes tips on how to create a positive learning environment and advice on ensuring your attitude and teaching approaches encourage good behaviour. It introduces a variety of procedures to put in place in your classroom, strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviour and also touches on the causes of extreme behaviour. Molly Potter's ideas are full of examples and subtle changes you can make to your practice straight away to help your successfully manage all types of behaviour in the primary classroom.

How are you feeling today?

How are you feeling today?

Author: Molly Potter Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Children have strong feeling and they can't always handle them very well. Perfect for sharing, How Are You Feeling Today? is packed with fun, imaginative ways to help children understand and cope with a whole range of different emotions. This delightful book gives parents the tools they need to help their child deal with those feelings - without it all ending in tears! A great dip-in book where children can choose a feeling that relates to them and then turn to the page that provides child-friendly strategies for dealing with that feeling. Notes at the back of the book provide more ideas for parents and carers to use with their child and other strategies to try out together to practice the all-important skill of dealing with feelings.

Brilliant Ideas for Times Tables Practice 9-11

Brilliant Ideas for Times Tables Practice 9-11

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2013

Learning times tables causes a constant headache for teachers and parents but it is an essential skill for all primary aged children. Molly Potter has come up with a bank of puzzles, activities and games designed to make learning times tables more palatable! This series aims to make times tables learning fun by including a wide variety of methods tackling the same sums. By giving so many methods for learning the same tables, it also enables teachers to cover them little and often as is deemed best practice.

Brilliant Ideas for Times Tables Practice 5-7

Brilliant Ideas for Times Tables Practice 5-7

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2013

Learning times tables causes a constant headache for teachers and parents but it is an essential skill for all primary aged children. Molly Potter has come up with a bank of puzzles, activities and games designed to make learning times tables more palatable! This series aims to make times tables learning fun by including a wide variety of methods tackling the same sums. By giving so many methods for learning the same tables, it also enables teachers to cover them little and often as is deemed best practice.

Brilliant Ideas for Times Tables Practice 7-9

Brilliant Ideas for Times Tables Practice 7-9

Author: Molly Potter Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/2013

Learning times tables causes a constant headache for teachers and parents but it is an essential skill for all primary aged children. Molly Potter has come up with a bank of puzzles, activities and games designed to make learning times tables more palatable! This series aims to make times tables learning fun by including a wide variety of methods tackling the same sums. By giving so many methods for learning the same tables, it also enables teachers to cover them little and often as is deemed best practice.

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